Every high school student wants to know what it is like to be a college student.
Well, most college students aren’t just students, they also have jobs.
Working in college makes sense. College students are usually not independently wealthy, and the income is welcomed. However, work, school, clubs, friends, and other commitments create an incredible circus juggling sideshow act that is quite tricky to maintain.
I work as a telecounselor in New Student Services, and also as a staff writer at our campus newspaper, The Collegian. It is recommended not to work more than 15 hours per week in college, and I usually work around 11 total.
I really like my jobs. The hours are flexible, and the people are incredibly nice and fun to work with. I enjoy talking with students and sharing my K-State experience with them.
Honestly, working and being in college is challenging at times. Some days I leave at 9:00 a.m., pack a lunch and a supper, and then I am not home until 9:00 p.m. or later. If I have a lot of homework, I have no option but to stay up late and get it done. The time management aspect is not easy. It took me about a month into my job to figure out how to balance school, work, clubs, and other obligations. Here are some tips to balance school and work:
Sleep You may feel like you don’t have time to get a solid 8 hours of sleep, but it will make your awake time much happier and more productive if you are well-rested. Naps are also a great pick me up!
Say No If you feel overwhelmed, feel free to decline when friends ask you to hang out or other things spring up. Take time for yourself. You can’t take care of anything else if you aren’t taken care of first.
Exercise Like sleep, you may convince yourself that you don’t have time to exercise. Don’t believe it. You will feel so much better if you work out at least 3 times a week!
Work hard and stay rested Wildcats,